Questions about the GNU General Public License

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What should I do when I want to use a probably non-valid licensed OS project?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I recently found myself in a pretty confusing situation and now I am unsure how to continue. I found the jQuery.xmleditor plugin from the UNC libraries and thought ...
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Who is the copyright owner of a contribution (commit) to a GPL-licensed project?

Suppose, that Alice started a GPL-licensed project. Later, Bob married Alice, joined the project and made a 50% contribution to it. Then they broke up, Alice sued Bob and by court decision took his ...
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Using a zLib like icensed library which has dependencies on LGPL or GPL libs; what license am I able to release my project under?

If I use an Open Source library which is released under a zLib like license, but it has dependencies on libraries that are using LGPL or GPL; what license am I able to release my project under? If I ...
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GPL- How much source must be released?

Suppose I have a GPL v2-licensed library that is of interest to a closed-source project (e.g. Wolfram Alpha). If some of my code were used in Wolfram Alpha, or a product that interfaces with Wolfram ...
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Does distributing GPLd assets with a non-GPL application violate the license?

I'm trying to figure out if I can distribute the Faenza icons, which are GPL licensed, with some MIT-licensed software I'm working on. What does the GPL license really mean when applied to a ...
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“Used with permission” reusable in a GPLv2 derivative work?

The LICENSE file of a GPLv2 application I am modifying contains a statement saying that certain resources used in the application were "used with permission" from 3rd parties - such as textual ...
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Does an Rcpp-dependent package require a GPL license?

I'm writing a commercial package that uses R (GPL) for its computation. The GPL FAQ clearly states that GPLed programming language interpreters do not impose licensing restrictions on the "program" ...
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sell applications that run only on a GPL v2 Server [closed]

I have been testing Pentaho BI server community edition, and after reading their licensing terms I found out that the community edition is under GPLv2. As you may know the server is intended to host ...
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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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FFmpeg: Can I replace libx264 with OpenH264 in order to go LGPL?

I have some video processing to run and FFmpeg already contains much of what I need. However my videos are all compressed with H.264 video codec and libx264 is a GPL part of FFmpeg. On the other hand, ...
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Using a binary from a project that violates GPL

There is an open source project which uses GPLv2. It had numerous releases that complied with GPL in the past where source code was available for given binaries. The newest source code is about 18 ...
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Does it make sense to license source code snippets by CC-BY(-SA) [closed]

If I want to put random source code snippets in a publicly accessible git repository, does it make sense to license by CC-BY(-SA) given that CC-BY licenses are generally not recommended for software? ...
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GPL and non GPL software common installer

From my vague understanding of this subject I assumed that if I make an installer for my program and it contains a GPL library my code would have to fall under GPL. However, I noticed yesterday when ...
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Distributing GPL licensed software that optionally links to non-GPL licensed libraries

I can find lots of information regarding the restrictions imposed on linking GPL licensed libraries from non-GPL licensed software. However, I'd like to do the opposite - I'd like to distribute some ...
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Copying and Selling Apache Licensed Software? [closed]

Questions in bold: I've read the Apache Software License 2.0... What I gather is that all a person needs to do when redistributing the licensed software is include their name in all the parts they've ...
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Licencing GNU GPlv3 - sofware provides a service - not distributed

I have a couple questions with regard to the GNU GPLv3 license. My application is closed-source and I do not intend to actually release it to the public. However, it does generate commercial items. ...
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Trying to understand how MySQL license applies to code I wrote

I have an ERP, coded with Java and the database in MYSQL Community edition. When I was going to sell it to a client he asked me for the sources to my application (with the belief that it is GPLed). I ...
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How restrictive are the GPL's linking restrictions really?

To my basic understanding, software licenses only apply when redistributing software. Even if I am wrong about this in general, the GPL states that you need not agree to the GPL in order to receive or ...
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What precisely do I/my company need to do “make available/publish” source code changes and satisfy GPL/LGPL

This seems like a basic question, but I have not found a definitive source. I need to modify the source for an LGPL application for my employer to plug a security hole. Longer term we will upgrade to ...
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Linking a GPL executable from proprietary .bat script [duplicate]

Licensing question - am I allowed to use a GPL binary executable (.exe) in my copyrighted .bat script? Namely I want to use FART command line tool (find & replace text in files) in an install ...
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Source code modification and GPLv3 compatibility

Assume that the source file A contains the following license notice: "This code is Copyright 1234 by XYZ. It may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not ...
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GPL+FE license also applies to fonts used for the UI of a software? [closed]

The GPL font exception allows the font to be embedded within a digital "document" file without requiring the "document" itself to also be shared with GPL. Now I wonder, what is considered a ...
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Use of AGPL software on server with closed-source software

I need to use some software under the AGPL to populate a database with some data. This software has a web interface, which I shall disable. Then the data will be used "at arms length" with ...
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Using GPL library in our software [duplicate]

Currently we're starting to work on a project for which we're going to need image processing libraries. The problem is some of the libraries are GPL licensed. I'm reading through GPL licence and ...
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Why GPL was made so that it requires open application code yet not open pipe of compiled applications?

Say we have a GPL library (CGAL for example). We have a big tasks chain like pipes modeling and testing. We would love to use library for our indoors application yet we must open sources... so we make ...
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Is the GPL dangerous to the organisation in terms of exposure of its intellectual property?

GNU General Public License is a ‘Viral License”. If an organisation is using Linux and MySQL which come under this license, is it dangerous to the organisation in terms of exposure of its ...
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Can I, as author and copyright holder, relicense my code under a more liberal license after it has been published under a more restrictive license?

Say, for example I published my code under GPL. A month after release, I decide evil corporations (*cough*) are allowed to use my code after all, because it's so brilliant and bug-free. Can I just ...
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What license is the GPL License licensed under?

The actual GPL License (that is, the text that contains the words "The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed...") is a document; I would assume therefore that it is under ...
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OSS dual licensing / market segregation

I have an open-source project, which I would like to commercially license to various types of businesses. xGPL licenses do not work for me since they don't allow any conditional addenda. What I'm ...
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Forking BSD-Project and changing license [duplicate]

Is it possible to fork a project (which I don't own) and change the license from BSD to for example LGPL / GPL / AGPL? I read it would be possible to change fork's license to something compatible to ...
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Can I use a part of another program without having to give away my rights on my own code?

I'm currently making a game and want to use some textfiles (lists of names) that are covered under the GNU General Public License (or the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License). Do I have to ...
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Software License for project using .NET and Sql Server Express

I considering making my application open source on github. I don't intend to sell it (neither in binary form nor source code form). It probably isn't even useful to a lot of people except maybe for ...
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Does using Xapian in Django-Haystack enforces GPL?

Consider the following situation: She uses Django (BSD) for a website. She uses Haystack (BSD) for textual search in the website. She uses the backend of haystack, xapian-haystack (GPL), to use ...
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Can GPL v2 code link to an LGPL v3 library

If I write a library that is released under the terms of the GPL v2 (or higher, at option); may that library depend on another library released under the LGPL v3 (or higher), without implicitly ...
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Use of MIT-Licensed OSS with GPL Dependencies

I have been assigned to audit third-party dependencies for one of my company's products to make sure we aren't in danger of running afoul of any licenses. This is probably a job for a lawyer, but such ...
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License issue of Spring Data Neo4j?

If I use Spring Data Neo4j to develop a software, and I want to publish it for commercial use with charging, does there exist any license issue? I survey many posts about the license issue of Neo4j ...
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selling closed source commercial product in a virtualbox (GPL)

Can I sell a closed source commercial product inside a virtualbox VM? This is extremely useful when you want to deliver server side software to users, and not mess in with different OS's ...
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Dalvik + Java licensing question

This is a licensing question about the Dalvik and J2SE core libraries. In particular the license governing java.util.concurrent.SynchronousQueue. The license header of the class in the JDK source ...
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Do I need to publish deployment scripts for deploying AGPL licensed work (MongoDB)

MongoDB is dual-licensed with AGPL (the engine) and ASL 2.0 (the drivers). In a nutshell, merely using MongoDB through the drivers does not dictate to release your source code (due to drivers' ASL 2.0 ...
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Where does one draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism? [closed]

Suppose one would like to use in an iOS app only one function from a GPLv3 library that contains a large number of them. One cannot simply link the whole library beacuse otherwise the resulting ...
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Under what license may this PyQt-based “Hello World” app be distributed?

Update: I was wrong about the PyQt license. It isn't merely a GPL license. The PyQt authors include a special set of exceptions that allow users to release their own code under a different license, ...
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Am I covered with GPL If I want to create a derived work from a GPLv2 project and change the project name?

Recently I create a fork from an "open source project GPLv2" with different name. I make a major changes in source code and I gave a new name to the modified open source. I kept in the header of each ...
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Calling a GPL binary from command line [duplicate]

I developed some software which I sell / closed souce. There is a GPL executable I would like to call/execute from within my software (and use the data returned by it) if users download the ...
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Forking GPL project: Do I have full rights on the new fork or still dependencies with the original owner(s)

I am considering the creation of a fork to a small project licensed under GPLv2, and I have some very specific questions I did not manage to answer in my research on various sites and foras. When I ...
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When is my code auto GPL'ed?

I'm currently working with Wordpress (GPL). I understood basically when you write a plugin/module/etc. it becomes GPL since it's considered dependent of Wordpress. But on the contrary images and css ...
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Does the GPL allow anyone to obtain GPL software without paying for it?

I've spotted a nice WordPress (GPL) theme for sale. I know somebody who bought it. I have 2 questions: Has the company selling it the obligation to send the source code to whoever (customers or ...
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Can I use GPLd code I wrote on the job as code samples without permission?

I'm currently employed by a business to do website development in Wordpress. I've written a number of custom plugins specifically for a number of clients over the time of my employment. Today, I ...
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can I sell a software that uses a GPL library and another BSD licensed library?

This is the first time I have dealt with licensing issues so I am sorry if I am making any stupid assumptions. My issue is that I have written a program in Python that uses PyQT for the GUI and also ...
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Claim to get my source code used GPL code

I'm running public web site based on Drupal. Drupal is GPL 2 or 3 licence. Of course I wrote custom code which interacts with Drupal code (modules). Can anybody write me an e-mail and ask for the ...
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How does the GNU General Public License (GPL) conform to the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Open Source Definition (OSD)?

From the OSI's OSD: Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution ...